Ferdinand: Van Gaal a great fit for Manchester United (with Video)

Rio Ferdinand has publicly backed Louis Van Gaal for the vacant managerial position at Manchester United.

Speaking at a press conference in Singapore on Thursday afternoon, the outgoing Manchester United defender indicated that the Dutchman would be a great fit for the club.

“From what I've seen and heard from various people, I think he’s a very strong and direct and knowledgeable about what he wants to do, very certain about what he wants to do and doesn’t really deviate from that,” the 35-year-old centre back said.

“To be at a club like Manchester United you need to be like that, you need to have strong values and opinions and the will to follow them through.

 “He seems like he falls into that category, every club he’s been to, Bayern Munich, Barcelona and now with Holland, he seems to have gotten things done his own way so if he does comes to Manchester United then I envision him doing the same type of thing and time will tell if it works or not.”

The former England international, who spent 12 years at Old Trafford, also felt that the lack of European distractions next season could be a blessing in disguise for the recently disposed English champions.

“Yeah 100 per cent, I think," he said.

“No disrespect to Liverpool but if they had been in the Champions League this season I don’t think they would have been where they were. You need a bigger squad; it’s a lot tougher on your season, many more games obviously.

“So next season, speaking from an outside view, I think people will back a team to put up a good challenge and I think it will be us because of the volume of games. Around March, April time we’d kind of normally be patching up our players to get on the pitch to make sure we try to kind of sustain a run in the league or the cup, so without that I think we have a fantastic chance next season,” he added.

It was also clear that Ferdinand is still getting used to not being on the payroll of the 13-times English Premier League Champions, using ‘us’ while referring to the club. He however, declined to comment on his future while insisting that being here in Singapore was a ‘blessing in disguised’.

“I’ve been able to get away from the hype and stuff and really enjoy my time here. I’ve not really had much time to think about my next step, in the coming days I am sure I’ll start to do that,” he said.

Rio Ferdinand is in Singapore with Manchester City star Sergio Aguero as part of SingTel's Game On!